Killingly power plant wins Siting Council approval
Construction on the largest new power plant the state has seen in over a decade could begin as early as this fall, after the Connecticut Siting Council issued a key approval.
The council on Thursday approved a “certificate of environmental compatibility and public need” for Killingly Energy Center (KEC), a 650-megawatt, $700 million dual-fuel (natural gas and diesel oil) combined cycle plant would be located on Lake Road in Killingly, less than two miles west off I-395.
The decision wasn’t yet published on the council’s website on Friday morning, but Executive Director Melanie Bachman confirmed to Hartford Business Journal that the certificate had been approved.
Though NTE must still file a development and management plan to the council, along with some other submissions, the certificate is seen as the last significant approval NTE needs from the state.
The Florida-based company has already received an air permit from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, reached an agreement with Eversource for upgrades to a gas pipeline that would serve the facility, and secured a local tax agreement with Killingly, among other steps.